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People who are nostalgic about childhood, were obviously never children. Few people can remember the truth about
adolescence. Their minds "censor" their memories; and have them believe that being a teenager was was one big party, free of
cares and responsibilities. Well let me say this, you couldnŐt be more wrong if you had a lobotomy. There aren't that many
adults around who realise what adolescence was really like. The anguish, the fear, the anxiety, the stress. People don't
remember those problems because they want to forget them.
The truth of the matter is, is that being a teenager is hard, right from the beginning, and it doesn't get any easier. We are such
easy prey for big name companies who advertise using the pressure of popularity, looks and sex to force us to buy their
product that, as it turns out, we never wanted or needed in the first place. Our lives are filled with stress. One of the greatest
sources of pressure is school. Where we are herded like cattle from room to room, chewing on our cud, while the hay of
knowledge is force fed to us as we are trying our hardest to gulp it down as more and more is shovelled in. Another great
source of pressure is ourselves. We try our hardest to be accepted among a certain group or circle. Whereas most of the time
we are rejected and we become depressed. Depression, another problem, along with ignorance and apathy that thwarts our
lives. A wise man when questioned about his view on ignorance and apathy, said "I don't know, and I don't give a damn.
We find outlets for our emotions through either art, poetry or music, being the three most common. There are thousands of
poems floating around written by bitter or depressed teenagers that are never recognised as works of art. Another form of
escape for teenagers is, unfortunately, suic...
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